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3 problems

Started this discussion. Last reply by archaeopteryx Sep 17, 2012. 75 Replies

I've been thinking about evolution, and it has occurred to me that there are 3 problems with it. 1.) evolution by definition is a reactionary process, so how can it look forward - eg how can we as…Continue

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Diane replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"I am not sure why I am saying this since Mr. James is apparently gone, but I feel the need to say it anyway.  I will not think ill thoughts towards him because of this discussion.  I am grateful for the understanding I have about…"
Sep 17, 2012
Sagacious Hawk replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"What you are getting at seems to be the question, "where did our ability to imagine come from?" After all, that's what we are doing when we ask the question: what if this happened? We are imagining a possible scenario. The problem is…"
Sep 17, 2012
Dave Gibbs replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"There are no "jumps" in evolution, that is the fundamental problem with your understanding."
Sep 16, 2012
Unseen replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"Anything but answer my question, eh?"
Sep 16, 2012
Eric James replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"It appears from archaeopteryx's reply that I have outstayed my welcome, so I will bid you all adieu. Thank you for you comments and explanations. I will read the books you've suggested over the Christmas break - between I hope a good…"
Sep 16, 2012
Diane replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"I agree with your last statement 100%. "
Sep 16, 2012
Unseen replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"And I think a lot of us are wondering why you are so obsessed with "what if." What if there's no what if? What then?"
Sep 16, 2012
Unseen replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"A result is not necessarily a reaction."
Sep 16, 2012
kris feenstra replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"I'm not sure if I understand your 'what if' question properly.  Are you asking how species with the ability to ask 'what if?' could arise in a blind process like evolution; or are you asking how the process of evolution…"
Sep 16, 2012
Eric James replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"Progressive based on what - previous results of natural selection with large amounts of time, environment and error thrown in - it's still a reaction to what has gone before - it still doesn't have the ability to look forward and speculate."
Sep 16, 2012
SteveInCO replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"I must protest this; it's not a dichotomy between "religious" and "understanding of evolution"; it's quite possible to be both, and it's certainly possible to be neither.  I've run into many an atheist…"
Sep 16, 2012
Unseen replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"1.) evolution by definition is a reactionary process, so how can it look forward - eg how can we as end results of the process ask "what if?" No, it's not "reactive." There is nothing reacting to anything. It's a…"
Sep 16, 2012
Eric James replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"It is a journey Ed, and the more I learn the more my mind is becoming freerer and challenged. And it's great. I'll never stop reading and exploring - have you every read any of Francis Schaeffer's work? I haven't for a long time,…"
Sep 16, 2012
Unseen replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"Well, that's unlikely, but if it does happen, all things shall pass eventually, anyway. Sooner or later, what difference does it make? Once we're gone, we're gone. By a million years from now, we'll be gone no matter what and no…"
Sep 16, 2012
Eric James replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"The paper by Crick is very interesting, but while he builds a very good case for anticipation / instinct - what he calls the on-line system of seeing based on essentially a combination of training and experience - see the sports examples - and…"
Sep 16, 2012
Sagacious Hawk replied to Eric James's discussion '3 problems'
"Well, if you want to get technical... Biology at it's fundamental level is chemistry which at its fundamental level is physics, which is really just applied math. The point I was trying to make is that understanding what is happening at the…"
Sep 16, 2012

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